Grateful versus Superior

joy at work Sep 10, 2020

Written by Roxanne Brown

There’s a fine line between gratitude and superiority. The subtext of “I am grateful for all I have” versus “I am superior because of all I have.” It’s all about the intent. It’s why sometimes the offer of help is seen as a threat rather than genuine support.

Gratitude is thought to lead to joy.

Think of a time when you were offered help and it felt like genuine support. You felt mentally, physically and emotionally strengthened by the offer.

Think of a time when you were offered help and it felt vaguely like a threat, condescension or somehow took away your power.

Gratitude gives you strength. Joy gives you strength. Joy at work allows you to focus on the work rather than manage the vague threats around you.

What are you grateful for that gives you a feeling of strength that you never need to tell another soul? The next time you offer help to someone at work, try remembering this thought first and with that energy extend the offer. They may not be ready to accept but time and consistency will communicate your intent.

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